Welcome to Te Āpiti

Section of Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge walking track temporarily closed

A 3km section of the walking track – from Upper Gorge Bridge to Windmill Lookout – will be closed to public use between 30 May and 4 July 2020 while maintenance is carried out. The top toilet (at Windmill Lookout) will be accessible. The end sections of track on both sides will remain open, including the 4km Tawa Loop at the Ashhurst end and the 1km Manawatū Gorge loop at the Ballance Bridge end.


Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is a national taonga. Its unique geography and rich cultural history make it a must do for any trip to the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.

Car parks at the Ashhurst end to the west and Ferry Reserve to the east provide ease of access to a number of tracks and trails, as well as river reserves, and camping and BBQ facilities to help you explore and enjoy this unique landscape.

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Ngā kōrero tuku iho mō Te Āpiti

The cultural history of Te Āpiti

Māori kōrero is filled with legends that show Aotearoa through spirits, magic and mysticism. The legend of Te Āpiti is no exception. Its story is filled with supernatural beings, curiosities of nature, and a connection to the land that goes far beyond what can be explained.